EU to Water Bottlers: H20 Won't Stop Dehydration
Companies face 2 years in prison for making claim
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2011 3:05 PM CST
Bilel Mohsni of Southend United pours a bottle of water over his head during a match on September 3, 2011 in Southend, England.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – "Water prevents dehydration"? The EU is warning water companies not to make such outrageous claims. After a 3-year investigation into the effects of water, EU officials announced this week that bottled-water producers are forbidden from making the statement—and risk 2 years in prison if they do. A gathering of 21 scientists in Parma, Italy, earlier this year decided that dehydration can't be reversed by drinking water, the Telegraph reports.

Where to start with the reactions? “The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are ... trying to deny us the right to say what is patently true," says one British member of European parliament. Another compared it to the now-scrapped "bendy banana law," a 2008 EU ruling that banned bendy bananas; another outlawed curved cucumbers. But one British professor supports the ruling, saying dehydration is usually a clinical condition, and people can stay hydrated without drinking water.

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Nov 20, 2011 3:00 PM CST
I see their politicians are fiddling while Rome burns--just like ours. Pizza is a veggie.
Nov 20, 2011 6:25 AM CST
The "bendy banana" and the "curved cucumber" regulations are propaganda claims known as Euromyths. They have been cooked up by Euroskeptics for political reasons. Debatable at best, they have no place being cited as fact in a news article. This "dehydration" story looks like a variant on the same theme.
Nov 20, 2011 2:44 AM CST
Yeah that's true. Annoying but true. I have celiac disease & syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH for short - it's kind of like a form of diabetes insipidus that causes rapid loss of sodium from the blood if you drink water). Both conditions tend to dehydrate me. All that ends up happening with the low sodium thing in my bloodstream is I get perversely thirsty, perversely because if I give into the thirst & drink a lot of water because of the thirst it causes more sodium to flush out of me through my kidneys which in turn makes me thirsty and thinking of drinking water to quench my thirst. If I keep drinking water I end up losing more & more & more sodium until eventually my brain can swell, I can go into a coma & even die (that's what killed Andy Warhol I think, they didn't know he had SIADH - I could be in error though, it's been years since I read about how he died - but they gave him too much water from an IV drip during a surgery he underwent & oops, his brain swelled up & he died . . . it's also happened to SIADH sufferers who didn't know they had the condition & drank too much water from the thirst, they end up getting sleepy & a headache, lay down after taking some aspirin & never wake up again, oops) But thirst can be a sign of a salt deficiency, an electrolyte imbalance in the bloodstream that can be corrected by eating salty foods & drinking LESS water - not more ! Water can be considered a poison, you can die from intoxication from drinking too much of it even if you don't have SIADH : btw the lady who died in the Sacramento, California radio contest, I think they discovered she had SIADH - I could be wrong though, that was in 2007, her name was Jennifer Strange - poor thing :